West Ham still appear to be standing firm on their insistence that they will not sell Dimitri Payet unless they receive a suitable offer.
Despite the Frenchman’s antics, Slaven Bilic’s side have coped well in his absence, winning their last two Premier League games.
In some ways, that gives the Hammers the upper hand over the playmaker, who has told the club he won’t play for them again.
Ultimately, though, it’s Marseille who hold all the cards.
The 29-year-old wants to join the Ligue 1 side, and they are keen to bring him back so their new owners can make a statement of intent.
However, they have now had their final say on the matter by offering West Ham a take-it-or-leave-it bid of £25million, per Sky Sports.
Even the board at Marseille are split over the Euro 2016 star; some officials are thought to be happy to move onto other targets, but others see Payet as a priority.
It definitely seems like bad business given they sold him to West Ham only 18 months ago for £10.75m, but the Londoners are holding out for £30m.
It looks increasingly likely that this deal could go to Deadline Day, as otherwise Payet is going to be left rotting with the under-23s for the rest of the campaign.